JOIN US! In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, and in conjunction with the Biden/Harris inaugural events, Cass County Democrats will be participating in "a day on, not a day off" on Monday, January 18th. Here are several ideas and places where you can donate your time, food goods, or other items to benefit our community.
- Call Hope Haven in Harrisonville and see what their immediate needs might be
- Do some clean-up at area parks and green spaces.
- Bright Futures in Harrisonville needs bottled water.
- Caring Hearts in Peculiar, and the small food pantry across from the Peculiar Police Dept.
- Harrisonville Food Pantry and Ministerial Alliance
- Food Pantry in Belton at VOX Church 622 2nd St.
- Family Resource Center of Cass County
If you have any questions about voting, check out the FAQ's tab at the top of this page. Get out there and VOTE (D) from the top of the ticket all the way down the ballot. And, don't forget - #VoteNoOn3!
We currently have a Campaign Headquarters at 549 N. Scott in Belton, MO thru November 3rd. We are open on Tuesday and Thursday from 4-7 pm and on Saturdays, 10 am - 2 pm, you can reach us by phone at 816-425-5026. We have Biden for President signs for a $5.00 donation! Other candidate signs will be in the office as available.
Masks and social distancing required when inside the building. All coming inside will be asked to provide a name, phone number, and address for the purpose of contact tracing if that should become necessary. If you'd like to give us a call before you come, we'll be sure and get your signs ready for you.
The Clean Missouri Amendment passed by an almost 2-to-1 margin in 2018. Over 60% of the voters in Cass County passed this Amendment!
But now Jefferson City politicians have a dirty new plan they’re sending to the ballot — to overturn the fair map rules put into law by voters, and to replace the good policy in our constitution now with a radical gerrymandering scheme. We are joined this month by the Campaign to Vote NO on Amendment 3, Dirty Missouri.
In addition, we'll be handing out call-lists to committee people and discussing other voter outreach and meat bundle fundraiser.
We'll be sending out a Zoom message link via email later this week. Be sure and Join Us on our website to get on our email list.
See you Thursday night!
Today, August 18, 2020, marks the 100 year anniversary of the ratification of The 19th Amendment.
The Tennessee General Assembly voted to ratify the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote and shifted the national political landscape as thoroughly as any earthquake, tornado, and tidal wave combined.
By Aug. 18, 1920, more than a year had passed since the United States Congress voted to approve the amendment. Thirty-five of the necessary 36 states had already voted for ratification, but there the women’s suffrage effort had stalled. Tennessee was ratification’s last viable hope before the 1920 election, and possibly for the foreseeable future.
In a story that is legendary here, the final vote came down to the conscience of one man: Harry T. Burn, a state representative from McMinn County, who was all of 24 years old. Mr. Burn supported women’s suffrage personally, but his most vocal constituents did not and 1920 was an election year. When the governor called a special session of the legislature to consider a motion to ratify the amendment, Mr. Burn headed to Nashville hoping to avoid a vote altogether.
In the sweltering month of August, in an overdressed age without air-conditioning, the Tennessee Senate passed the motion to ratify with a comfortable margin, but legislators in the House engineered one delay after another. As the hot days wore on, lobbying from both sides intensified. In what became known as the War of the Roses, supporters of suffrage wore yellow roses in their lapels; anti-suffragists wore red. Bribes were proffered, whiskey flowed, and previously stalwart supporters defected — legislators who wore a yellow flower on one day might be found wearing a red one the next.
On the 10th day of the special session, Mr. Burn received a letter from his mother, Febb Burn, a widow back home in Niota, Tenn. Mrs. Burn urged her son to “be a good boy” and vote for ratification
That morning Mr. Burn, a red rose in his lapel, twice voted to table the motion, but each of those votes ended in a tie. A tie in the actual vote on ratification would consign the motion to defeat, so Tennessee’s anti-suffragist Speaker of the House finally put the motion to ratify up for a vote. And that’s when Mr. Burn, with his mother’s letter in his pocket, switched sides. When the clerk reached his name in the roll-call vote, he responded with a quiet “Aye.”.
There”s a little more to this story published by The New York Times but it was that dramatic. If Mr. Burn hadn’t listened to his mother, who knows how much longer women would have had to wait and fight for the vote.
We are celebrating the 100th anniversary (1920-2020) of Women gaining the Right to Vote. Posts throughout the month will honor and tell some of the stories of events and the women who fought so long and so hard for women’s suffrage.
The Seneca Falls Convention (July 19, 1848)
72 years before the passage of the 19th Amendment.
The Seneca Falls Convention billed as the first American women’s rights convention convened on July 19, 1848. The two-day event, held in Seneca Falls, NY was advertised on July 11, 1848, in the Seneca County Courier.
Despite minimal publicity, there were an estimated 300 attendees. Many attendees lived locally, as there were many abolitionists living in the area. Many women and men working in the anti-slavery movement eventually became a part of the struggle to obtain equal rights for women.
The convention was organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Jane Hunt, Mary Ann M’Clintock, and Martha Coffin Wright. The meeting included a lecture on law, a humorous presentation, and multiple discussions about the role of women in society. Stanton and the other organizers presented the Declaration of Sentiments and a list of resolutions, to be debated and modified before being put forward for signatures.
A heated debate sprang up regarding women's right to vote, with many – including Lucretia Mott – urging for its removal, but Frederick Douglass, who was the convention's sole African American attendee, argued for its inclusion, and the suffrage resolution was kept.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, opened the convention with a speech on the convention’s goals and purpose: “We are assembled to protest against a form of government, existing without the consent of the governed—to declare our right to be free as man is free, to be represented in the government which we are taxed to support, to have such disgraceful laws as give man the power to chastise and imprison his wife, to take the wages which she earns, the property which she inherits, and, in case of separation, the children of her love…”
When preparing for our Back to Blue event A Celebration of Women's Suffrage, Barb Davis did a great deal of research on the women and men in the women's suffrage movement. We wanted to share the stories and thank Barb for her research, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.